THE BRASS BOOK

 

Long ago, the sage Wolfgang Baur discovered the artifact known as The Brass Book. It is a large tome with a large brass inset lock. The book appears to have many pages but it is only sculpted to appear tat way. Instead, the tome has a single brass page that rattles and clanks as gears inside the frame (and beneath the page) writes answers to any question the owner of the book might ask. As a question is asked, the books inner workings clatter and grind. When the engraved writing is finished, the brass “page” lifts up, turns over, and then falls back into place to reveal the new engravings. When another question is asked, the old writings disappear and are replaced by new answers.

The brass book is fully two feet square and six inches think, bound in cured gorgon’s hide with an internal makeup of brass plating. It weighs 34 pounds. It has no paper pages, though the edges of the book are scratched to resemble a thick tome. When it is in operation, it is sometimes quite noisy, whirring and riffling and even chiming. When an answer is complete, the page displays the text in Common. The brass book is AC 19, has 30 hp, and a damage threshold of 30.  Smashed, it is worth little more than 100 gp in scrap materials.

When the book’s cover is opened, a speaking tube and a blank page are visible. The user must speak a single question into the tube, and the answer appears on the page after a delay of 1d6+4 rounds. After the book cover is closed, the answer disappears and that use of the book is done. If the book is opened again, the page is blank and ready to show a new answer. The brass book answers only 1d4+1 questions per day. Once those questions are done for the day, speaking into its tube returns only silence. The brass book does not know the answer to everything. Most often, it provides a clue of the DM’s discretion. When all else fails, the DM may use the guidelines of Legend Lore to describe the outcome of questioning.

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